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Charlie Parker Chronology

For many years, Danish musician and jazz scholar Leif Bo Petersen has maintained a chronology of Charlie Parker's activities and recordings. His work has been an invaluable source of information for me and many others. Leif has offered to share the results of his research, and I am happy to provide a home for his work. Below are links to data files with information about Parker's whereabouts, activities, recordings and much else, with documentation for those who would like to consult the original sources.

Last update: May 15, 2024.

1920-36 1937 1938 1939 1940
1941 1942 1943 1944 1945
1946 1947 1948 1949 1950
1951 1952 1953 1954 1955

I am very grateful to Peter Losin for hosting my Parker chronology here. It is a work still in progress, and during the years a lot of people have helped with information and willingness to discuss details. Of greatest value has of course been the very comprehensive information on Peter's Miles Ahead, but I also owe thanks to Bryan Armstrong, James Accardi, Philippe Baudoin, Jay Becker, Gary Carner, Dan Morgenstern, Jan Evensmo, Chris DeVito, Ira Gitler, Chuck Haddix, Franz Hoffmann, Brian Priestley, Peter Pullman, Norman Saks, Phil Schaap, Marc Scobac, Allan Sutherland, Chieo Yamada, Art Zimmerman, and many others. — Leif Bo Petersen

Please send us email if you have corrections or additions.

Be sure to check out Leif Bo Petersen and Theo Rehak, Infatuation: The Music and Life of Theodore "Fats" Navarro (Scarecrow Press, 2009; 396 pp.).

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